Iannis Xenakis
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Iannis Xenakis



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Iannis Xenakis

Composer, architect, civil engineer; Iannis Xenakis was born 29 May 1922, in Braïla (Romania). Son of Clearchos Xenakis and Fotini Pavlou; married Françoise Gargouil 1953; one daughter, Mâkhi. Fought in Greek Resistance, World War II, was condemned to death; became a political refugee in France from 1947, and a French national in 1965. Education: Athens Polytechnic Institute, music composition studies at Gravesano with Hermann Scherchen, and at the Paris Conservatoire under Olivier Messiaen. Collaborated as engineer and architect with Le Corbusier 1947-60. Innovator of mass concept of music, stochastic and symbolic music through introduction of probability calculus and set theory into instrumental, electro-acoustic and computerized musical composition; inventor of several compositional techniques constituting the "lingua franca" of the avant-garde. Architect of the Philips Pavilion, Brussels World Fair 1958 and of other architectural projects such as the Couvent de la Tourette (1955).

Sonic, sculptural and light compositions: Polytope for the French Pavilion, Expo 1967, Montreal; music and light spectacle Persepolis set among the ruins and the mountains at Persepolis, Iran (1971); Polytope de Cluny, Paris (1972); Polytope de Mycènes, set in the ruins of Mycenae, Greece (1978); Diatope for the Inauguration of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1978).

Founder (1965) and Director (1965-) of the Center for Studies of Mathematical and Automated Music (CEMAMu), Paris; Associate Music Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington (1967-1972) and founder of the Center for Mathematical and Automated Music (CMAM), Indiana University, Bloomington (1967-1972); research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris (1970); Gresham Professor of Music, City University London (1975); Professor at the University of Paris I-Sorbonne (1972-1989).

Died 4 February 2001 in Paris.

Iannis Xenakis Discography

Xenakis on Mode by Disc:
Ensemble Music 1 (mode 53)
Ensemble Music 2 (mode 56)
Xenakis & Varese (mode 58)
Complete Works for Piano Solo (mode 80)
Xenakis, UPIC, Continuum: Electroacoustic &
  Instrumental works from CCMIX Paris
(mode 98/99)
   Mycenae Alpha; Polytope de Cluny (electronic works)
PSSAPHA performed by Michael Pugliese (mode 25)

Mode Xenakis Catalog by Piece:

Iannis Xenakis - A

A la Mémoire de Witold Lutoslawski
(1994) for 2 trumpets & 2 horns
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

(1987) for piano solo
Aki Takahashi, piano

(1977) for soprano and ensemble
Susan May, soprano
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

(1964-65) for 8 winds & 8 brass
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

Iannis Xenakis - B

Iannis Xenakis - C
Charisma X
A film by Efi Xirou (mode 218)

Iannis Xenakis - D

(1994) for large orchestra
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic/Juan Pablo Izquierdo

(1979) for violin and piano
Jane Peters, violin, Aki Takahashi, piano

Iannis Xenakis - E

(1989) for bass-clarinet & ensemble
Michael Lowenstern, bass-clarinet
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

(1962-64) for piano solo, 2 trumpets & 3 trombones
Justin Rubin, piano
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

(1973) for piano solo
Aki Takahashi, piano

Iannis Xenakis - F

Iannis Xenakis - G

Iannis Xenakis - H

(1960-61) for piano solo
Aki Takahashi, piano

Iannis Xenakis - I

Iannis Xenakis - J

Iannis Xenakis - K

Iannis Xenakis - L

La Déesse Athéna
(1992) for baritone, percussion solo & chamber ensemble
Philip Larson, baritone, Timothy Adams, percussion solo
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic/Juan Pablo Izquierdo

Iannis Xenakis - M

(1980) for piano solo
Aki Takahashi, piano

Mycnae Alpha
(1978) for UPIC
on the compilation CCMIX: New Electroacoustic Music from Paris. ( Mode 98/99)

Iannis Xenakis - N

(1975) for 2 amplified peasant voices, 2 amplified horns, 2 trombones and amplified cello
Catherine Aks & April Lindevold, voices
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

Iannis Xenakis - O

(1989) for 3 djembes
Pablo Rieppi, Robert McEwan, David Rosenblatt, percussion

Iannis Xenakis - P

(1979) for piano, six drums, winds and strings
Aki Takahashi, piano
The Society for New Music/Charles Peltz

(1969) for percussion ensemble
Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic/Juan Pablo Izquierdo

(1993) for ensemble
ST-X Ensemble/Charles Zachary Bornstein

Polytope De Cluny
(1972) for tape (24:45)
on the compilation CCMIX: New Electroacoustic Music from Paris. ( Mode 98/99)

(1976) for percussion solo
Michael Pugliese, percussion

Iannis Xenakis - Q

Iannis Xenakis - R

(1987-89) for percussion solo
Robert McEwan, percussion

Iannis Xenakis - S

Iannis Xenakis - T

Iannis Xenakis - U

Iannis Xenakis - V

Iannis Xenakis - W

Iannis Xenakis - X

(1987) for saxophone quartet
Susan Cook, soprano, John Engebretson, alto,
Shawn Tracy, tenor, Mathew Cashman, baritone

Iannis Xenakis - Y

Iannis Xenakis - Z

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